The whirlwind of the end of the quarter has set in! Thank goodness I’m not taking boards yet! Lately it seems like my life has been dominated by presentations.
First my group presented on osteoporosis in our chiropractic clinical evaluation class. Then I gave my SPEAK presentation last week, “Chiropractic Care for Runners.” This was a 10-minute talk in front of peers talking about chiropractic and answering questions in preparation for eventually going out into the community to talk about chiropractic care and encouraging people to seek care in our clinic here at Palmer. It was challenging to sum up this huge profession in 10 minutes, and I talked so fast! It’s very motivating to participate in this club.
As Campus Guides we are required to be SPEAK certified, but now I look forward to being able to refine my communication skills and give my talk again. I’ve also been doing mini health talks for athletes on the cross-country team I coach and their parents. It’s fun to talk about nutrition and other health topics with them. Too often in chiropractic school, we get used to talking to people with the same level of understanding as us—so it’s great to keep in mind what the knowledge base of our patients will be!
On another note, I’m pumped to participate with Sports Council as part of the sports medical staff for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk in San Francisco this weekend! These women will be walking 60 miles in three days raising money for breast cancer research. We will help keep them in one piece and get them across the finish line! Early mornings and sleeping in the med tent on our chiro tables awaits, but it is bound to be a rewarding and educational experience!
4th quarter student, West Campus